Arthur: Eels still keen on Hayne


Parramatta Eels coach Brad Arthur has reiterated the club's interest in Jarryd Hayne should the cross-code star choose to return to the NRL in 2017.

After stints in rugby league and the NFL, Hayne is currently playing rugby union sevens as he seeks to make Fiji's team for next month's Olympic Games.

Hayne has frequently been linked with a move back to Parramatta, having scored more than 100 tries during his previous eight-year stint with the club.

Arthur is quoted as telling radio station Triple M: "We've said all along if Jarryd wanted to come back to our club we'd only be too happy to take him.

"I don't know what Jarryd's plans are with where he wants to take the rest of his career, but I'm sure that if he wants to play rugby league he'll give us an opportunity.

"We'd love to have him at our club, but for the moment I'm really happy with the core group of players that we've got.

"They are doing a great job for us and we are happy to keep fighting with what we've got."

The Eels, whose 12-point deduction for salary cap breaches was officially confirmed on Saturday, could have additional room on the salary cap to lure Hayne if star half-back Kieran Foran departs.

However, it remains to be seen whether Foran, this week granted further time away from the club to deal with personal issues, will be released from his contract.

Last week, Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson confirmed the Super Rugby franchise were also interested in signing Hayne.